Industry-academia partnership focuses on the wafer.
Soitec USA Chief Scientist Dr. George K. Celler has been named co-chairman of the SiWEDS Industrial Advisory Board (IAB). SiWEDS, which stands for Silicon Wafer Engineering and Defect Science, is a global silicon partnership for research, development and education, co-sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).
As noted in a recent newsletter by the organization’s director, Professor George Rozgonyi, “SiWEDS endeavors to be the #1 global university/industry cooperative research consortium specifically dedicated to improving the silicon wafer in all its evolving formats for the IC industry.”
he IAB reviews all research proposals and then decides how the available funds, which are comprised of membership dues paid by each industry member, are divided among the various research proposals. Industrial members include Soitec, Siltronic, Intel, LG, Samsung and others. Academic members include MIT, Stanford, and other top universities both in the US and around the world.
Dr. Celler holds a M.Sc. degree in physics from the University of Warsaw in Poland and a Ph.D. in physics from Purdue University. Prior to joining Soitec in 2001, he spent over 25 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technologies, much of which involved work with SOI material technology. He is also a member of the Technology Working Group on Starting Materials for the International Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS).